To be a part of landscape

 You can travel the four thousand miles of the Nile
to its source and never find it.
You can climb the five highest peaks of the Himalayas
and never recognize it.
You can gaze through the largest telescope
and never see it.

 To be a part of landscape

From a distance landscape has a
recognizable outline. 
A skin mite, grazing fleshy meadows 
grotesque microscopic cow,
has no concept of the human form it feeds from.

Just as a mountain in close proximity
is no longer symbolic of its form,
romance and the imagination of it
is reduced to a frozen, physical obstruction
that is a challenge to survival.

The skin mite tumbles, a huge force
has torn it's clawlike hooves from
living apertures, it falls
with flakes of dead turf into a 
depthless void, unoticed 
by the scratcher,

and the mountain climber sees the
blinding wall of snow that
flashes by him as he falls,

unoticed by the mountain.

 Suzanne Delaney
 For Giorgio's Impress Me 111 Contest

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 8/13/2017 3:46:00 PM
Well written.....
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Date: 8/13/2017 11:46:00 AM
well written! i liked the part about the Nile, then it impressed me more as i read on and on; captivated for a moment, thoroughly enjoyed this piece! cheers!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 8/26/2017 7:37:00 AM
Thanks for taking time to read this and comment. I am in a block at the moment so any encouragement is most welcome.
Date: 4/19/2014 4:53:00 AM
reducing us to size against the vast landscape Suz lovely words written well ty for commenting on the drifter hugs
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 8/26/2017 7:38:00 AM
Thanks Shadow: Always good to have you visit.
Date: 4/1/2014 3:17:00 PM
another comment. this is very philisophical. i don't remember reading it but this time it really hit me. a lot of truth.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 8/26/2017 7:40:00 AM
Great to see you, John and so happy to have your feedback.
Date: 2/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
Dear Suz, Your poem makes one ponder how size is relative to the beholder. I can imagine the great cosmos as I read your poem and realize how truly insignificant we really are in the great expanse of things, yet our spark is part of that greatness. Truly an impressive poem that is sure to do well in the contest. I hope you are keeping well. I have been down with the cold/flu that really knocked me off my feet for three weeks.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 8/26/2017 7:43:00 AM
Dear Connie: You are always so thoughtful in your responses. I often think of you. So sorry I have been such a poor communicator of late. Will email you an update soon.
Date: 2/26/2014 7:44:00 AM
To the extreme. I can tell your very intelligent.
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Date: 2/16/2014 2:06:00 PM
Amazing piece. Well done, truly impressive.
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Date: 2/11/2014 10:44:00 AM
I adored this Suz After I had finished building my home , I set about my gardens . They hadn't been touched for years . Nettles and weeds everywhere . Now I go out in the garden and it is a part of me as I am part of it . We at peace with each other .
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Date: 2/10/2014 7:26:00 AM
Congrates on the win Suz I thoroughly enjoyed the read tonight, thanks for your kind comment on my poem it was much appreciated love Jayne x
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Date: 2/9/2014 11:58:00 PM
Nice pen, Suz.! Big congrats on your fine win!!
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Date: 2/9/2014 6:57:00 AM
Wonderful piece of a poem, congrats on the win, Suz D
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Date: 2/7/2014 7:37:00 PM
Winner List: Impress me III! (Old / New) Sponsored by: Giorgio V. are posted and I will: Congratulate you with your winning poem,SuZ !!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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